Estate to get day centre for addicts?

PUBLISHED: 12:30 11 November 2010

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A DAY centre for drug, alcohol and gambling addicts could soon be created on a Weston estate.

Chestnut House, in Oldmixon Road, has been earmarked for the facility, which would also treat those with eating disorders.

The company behind the plans already operates nearby residential treatment centre Broadway Lodge, which has helped a number of famous stars over the years with their addictions.

If it is successful with its application, it would buy the six-bedroom private property for an undisclosed sum and spend tens of thousands of pounds converting it into the day centre, which would also include a training facility for staff, counsellors and trainee police officers.

The bedrooms would be converted to include offices and an IT suite, used by up to 12 patients each day, and bathrooms would be changed into toilet facilities.

Chestnut House in separated from the main site by panel fencing, so would effectively be an extension of that.

Broadway Lodge Ltd development director, Peter Smith, said: “Over the years we have had a good relationship with nearby residents, they have been very supportive.

“This day facility would mean that we can mainly treat people from this area, those who have referrals from GPs and those needing after care.”

The new facility would also have on-site parking and patients would be free to come and go as they please, but would be by appointment only.

Originally the plans included residential care at the site, but the company decided it would not fit well with day facilities.

The Department of Health has already given the company £250,000 towards the project and other grants are currently being sought.

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